Charity Mews: Lost Cat Reunited with Owners after Nine Months

Hi everyone,

Today we are back with yet another happy-ending story from our friends over at The Mayhew Animal Home!

And it proofs that one should never give up hope when it comes to a missing cat…

Lost Cat Reunited with Owners after Nine Months

A lost cat who went missing for nine months has been reunited with her owners thanks to having the correct microchipping details and The Mayhew Animal Home.

Two-year-old calico cat, Jingle, first arrived at The Mayhew after a member of the public found her hiding behind a block of flats in a poor condition. Sadly, Jingle was skinny and had suffered from some injuries whilst she was missing and had several dry scabs over her back and shoulders.

Fearing that she was in a lot of pain, the kind gentleman immediately brought Jingle to The Mayhew. On arrival, The Mayhew’s Vet Team got to work with checking Jingle over and making sure she was comfortable.

Mayhew Vet, Dr. Emma Robinson, said: “Jingle had large, dry scabs over much of her back and shoulders. The injuries appeared to be burns of some description, possibly from a chemical, and she smelt like solvent.”

“We examined the scabs, which luckily appeared to be fairly superficial, and clipped and cleaned her wounds and gave her pain relief to help her feel more comfortable while she was with us.”

Whilst Jingle was recovering, The Mayhew’s Animal Welfare Officers scanned her and found that luckily she was microchipped.

Animal Welfare Officer at The Mayhew, Tania Mazzoni, said: “One of the first things we do when an animal is brought in to us, is check for a microchip so we can contact the owner as quickly as possible. Fortunately Jingle was microchipped, so we were able to contact her owner straight away and give her the good news that she was safe at our Home.”

Jingle was last seen by her owner, Monika, at her home in Willesden Green in April 2016 – a whopping nine months before she was found.

Jingle’s owner, Monika, said: “Jingle has always liked wandering, but she usually only disappears for two or three days maximum at a time, so when she was missing for longer than that, I began to really worry. I desperately tried to find Jingle and called up the microchipping company to see if she had been found, but sadly had no luck.”

“I was thrilled when we got the call from The Mayhew to say they had Jingle. It was actually my birthday when they called and it was truly the best present to find out she was safe.”

After being lost for such a long time, Jingle was finally able to return home. Her owner came to collect her from The Mayhew and took her back home where she would feel safe and comfortable with her family, and could continue her medical treatment with her local vets.

Monika, added: “It’s amazing to have Jingle back with us and she has settled back into her home really quickly. We were heartbroken to find out that she had gotten injured when she was lost, and we have since taken her to our vets frequently. Thankfully now she is back to her happy, healthy self, and the scabs have healed, she’s gained back a healthy weight and her fur has grown back.”

Tania, added: “Jingle’s story highlights how important it is to get your pet microchipped, as it means we can quickly reunite beloved pets with their owners. Sadly we get hundreds of stray cats and dogs come in to us every year who haven’t been microchipped, and it’s heartbreaking to think that they could be someone’s missing pet.”

“Microchipping your pet is a hallmark of responsible pet ownership, and is a reliable way of making sure that you and your pet can be reunited should they ever go missing. We encourage anyone who hasn’t got their pet microchipped to make an appointment at our Community Vet Clinic or visit one of the many microchipping events in local parks in April, where our team of Animal Welfare Officers are on-hand to microchip dogs for free.”

“Thanks to being microchipped, we were able to get in contact with Jingle’s owner within just 24 hours of her being brought into our Home. We don’t know what happened to Jingle during the nine months and can imagine she must have been so scared. We’re so glad that she is safe now and is back with her owner where she can be loved again and fully recover from her ordeal.”

The Mayhew see hundreds of lost cats and dogs come through their doors every year, unfortunately many of which are not identifiable because they haven’t been microchipped. With the one-year-anniversary of the compulsory dog microchipping law coming up in April, The Mayhew are urging owners who have not already got their pet chipped to do so with their free microchipping for dogs events and low-cost services at their Community Vet Clinic.

Since the law was passed on April 6th 2016, it is now a legal requirement for all dogs to be microchipped and their contact details kept up-to-date. Owners who do not microchip their dog could be faced with a penalty fine, so now really is the time to get your pet microchipped. Though this law doesn’t include cats for now, Jingle’s story, highlights how effective this tiny little chip can be in making sure you and your pet stay together pawever.

In light of the one-year anniversary of the law, The Mayhew’s Animal Welfare Officers are offering free microchipping for dogs at BARK in the Park community events in April. Even if you haven’t managed to microchip your dog, The Mayhew will do it for free, no questions asked. Head to their website www.themayhew.org to find out more about the events.

The Mayhew also offers low cost microchipping services at their Community Vet Clinic in Kensal Green, North West London. Please call 020 8962 8017 or email vetclinic@mayhewanimalhome.org to book an appointment.

If you and your pet have been happily reunited thanks to the power of the microchip, share your story on social media using the hashtag #TogetherPawever.

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Guest Star: The Amazing Milly Moos

Hi everyone,

Today’s guest post comes from Milly Moos and her and her human Victoria:

The Amazing Milly Moos

Milly Moos is one awesome cat! Why you ask? Well because she has a special gift! She has the gift of sensing anxiety in people, especially children. This gift won her a place in The Cats Protection National Cat of the year finals in 2014. She has a “pawsome” relationship with her little human William, which started before he was even born. Milly Moos and William are the best of friends so read on to find out what adventures Milly Moos gets up to.
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We got Milly Moos when she was a kitten eight years ago from a local person who’s cat had a litter of kittens.

When we first brought her home, she would hide like most kittens do, but over time she came out of her shell and grew in confidence — and now she’s quite aloof! She does rule the roost, and I think that’s why she’s so protective over William.

She seemed to bond with William before he was even born. Before I was pregnant she would never sit with us or take any interest in us, but when I fell pregnant with William she would sit down next to me and put her paw on my bump. It’s usually dogs who can sense these things but she just knew something was going on.

As I was getting the nursery ready for William’s arrival, I’d often find Milly Moos curled up inside his Moses basket, and then I’d have to wash the sheets again! It’s like she was preparing for him coming as much as we were! Ever since William was born she’s had a great bond with him — they grew up and he’s always known her to be here.

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First day fears

Their special bond became real just after Easter 2014 when William started pre-school. He gets anxious in situations that make him uncomfortable, and was getting frightened just thinking about going to school. He’s always felt anxiety and when he’s uncomfortable he’ll get upset — and at school he was completely out of his comfort zone.

Milly Moos seemed to sense he was scared, so one day when we were getting ready to go to school, she just came and sat by the front door. Instead of worrying about going to school, he became focused on her and ever since then she has been coming to school with us! She will walk either next to him or in front of him; she knows where the school is and where she is going.

She won’t go right up to the school gates as it gets really busy around there, but she’ll go as far as some bushes nearby and then walk back home with me. She also knows what time she needs to go with me to fetch him as well. It’s like she has a built in clock!

It’s quite nice because it’s become a real talking point for William — he’s been able to make friends as they will ask him about his friend the cat, and that has helped him with his anxiety. When new people talk to him, he’s able to talk to them about Milly. And he now really enjoys walking to school with Milly! If she’s not there when it’s time to go, he’ll go looking for her saying ‘Come on Milly, it’s time to go to school!’. He’s completely lost his fear now.

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A feline celebrity

I had wondered if our situation happened to other people, but when I found out that it hadn’t, I decided to enter Milly into Cats Protection’s National Cat Awards for the Most Incredible Story category earlier this year. We had a great time at the awards and even though we didn’t win, Milly has become quite the celebrity cat.

Walking William to school is now a bit of a habit for her and she enjoys the attention she gets from people as well! She used to be aloof but she’s all about William now, I’ve since had a daughter and she’s not interested in her at all — she didn’t even come and sit with me when I was pregnant with her! It’s definitely William she has the bond with.

Do check out Milly Moos page here.

We hope you enjoyed her story and don’t forget to subscribe to our Newsletter!

Thanks,

Marc

Oliver & Nubia: Almo Nature CatLitter? But I thought they only made food!

Hi everyone,

It’s both us here together with a BIG surprise from our friends over at Almo Nature! As you know we love their food which we previously reviewed here.

This time they’ve given us their new cat litter to try!

Nubia: Of course Oli thought immediatly that it must be food… because he is obsessed with eating all the Almo food all the time!

Oliver: Hey now… I knew this wasn’t food!!!

Nubia: Right well onto more important things, the Almo CatLitter. 😉

Almo Nature CatLitter is an all-natural, biodegradable, compostable and flushable cat litter made from vegetable fibres.

Nubia: I am getting very curious what this will feel like under my paws… and will it work with our toilet?

Oliver: I don’t think any of our readers know about our new toilet yet sister…

Nubia: Oh yes that’s right that one is coming up as a future review and futuristic it sure is!

Oliver: Eventually our slow humans FINALLY emptied the litter into our toilet.

Nubia: And you just have to see our new toilet at the same time. ;o

Nubia: Yep it looks like a space shuttle and the Almo Nature CatLitter works purrfectly in it. 😀

Oliver: More about our space ship toilet will come in a few weeks but for now lets look at the important Almo Nature CatLitter!

Oliver: Us cats just can’t be suspicious enough so I had to carefully climb into the toilet to double check if this litter is good… and boy… was it good!

Oliver: It ws not just super soft to the paws but it also didn’t smell at all!

Oliver: But did the humans have to photo me doing my business?!?

Nubia: Of course… we have to have photographic evidence of you going don’t we! 😮

Nubia: My brother is terrible and never buries his business… hence why we are glad to have our automatic space ship toilet… But you can see even with his dislike of digging a bit of the litter sticks to his business.

Nubia: In fact this litter is so ultra clumping that you don’t need to throw away the litter every few weeks you just keep re-filling it as only the bits clumped around our liquid and other business have to go. 🙂

Oliver: Unlike our old litter that was so dusty that I looked more grey than black after coming out of the toilet this one did not leave ANY dust behind whatsoever!

Nubia: Almo Nature kindly provided us the above video as it was a bit difficult for our humans to keep watching us while using the automatic toilet. So of course clumps dissapeared quickly before they got back to it!

Oliver: They can certainly verify that this litter lasts alot longer and agree with the benefits listed by Almo Nature! Especially in automatic toilets which is far more efficient at removing clumps than most human servants it lasts forever. 😉

Nubia: Most importantly… you are not tracking litter ALL OVER THE PLACE ANYMORE!!!!

Oliver: Are you trying to say I am dirty? 😦

Nubia: No… just that this litter is a lot better than our old one of course. 😉

Nubia: We hope you liked our review and don’t forget if you’d like to give this a try check out the Almo Nature CatLitter page!

Signed by,

Her Meowjesty Queen Nubia the Disturber of Peace
&
His Meowjesty King Oliver the Maker of Mischief